School district continually strives to improve
Have you seen the headlines about the Crook County High School graduation rate?
Oregon Department of Education reports the CCHS graduation rate for the class of 2019 at 94.74%.
CCHS tied with Wilsonville High School and Scappoose High School for sixth place in the state among traditional schools with more than 100 graduating students and surpassed the 80% state average.
This achievement is worth celebrating, and Crook County School District staff and students are pleased to be in the limelight.
A nearly 95% graduation rate does not come easily, and the CCHS team and district leaders have worked hard to make it happen. They have created new systems for tracking struggling students and have built stronger relationships with all students.
Of course, we'd like our graduation rate to be 100%, so we're going to dig deeper and try to get every student across that stage.
We also need to work to improve the graduation rate of students in our alternative education programs. We've made progress in those areas in recent years and will continue to support those vulnerable student populations.
The high CCHS graduation rate isn't the only accomplishment we're celebrating.
In the last 18 months, the district has made great strides in expanding the Career and Technical Education programs.
With dynamic leadership and vision from CCSD Superintendent Dr. Sara Johnson and a new CTE workforce development coordinator, the school district has partnered with multiple businesses and organizations that have helped bolster our CTE offerings. We have received generous grants and donations from many of these partners.
We now offer eight CTE pathways: Agriculture Science, Graphic Design, Business Management, Culinary Arts, Health Science, Manufacturing and Technology, Natural Resource Management, and new this term is the Computer Science/Robotics pathway.
The Oregon Department of Education reported that CCHS students who participated in CTE classes graduated at an impressive 96% rate. And it makes perfect sense. The CTE programs open up endless possibilities for students, and many discover new passions in these classes.
It seems that more families are choosing to send their students to Crook County School District schools, and who doesn't want to be part of a winning team?
Enrollment is up roughly 5% from last school year, which has caused some capacity issues at the elementary and middle schools.
Instead of being passive about the growing number of students in these classrooms, Dr. Johnson and her team recommended utilizing a vacant building in the plans to open a small school. Their vision is coming to fruition, and the kindergarten through fourth-grade theme school will open in Pioneer South with 240 students this September, focusing on art, technology and adventure learning.
But the plans for improvement don't stop there.
The facilities committee is looking into options to address the overcrowding issues at Crook County Middle School, which has seen a drastic uptick in student enrollment.
While there are still areas we'd like to improve, there are many more achievements to be proud of here at CCSD, and we thank you — community members, parents, businesses and organizations — for supporting us and our students.
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